HOW TO PREPARE YOUR WALLS FOR PAINTING

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR WALLS FOR PAINTING

As you know we have had a huge renovation of our home. We are 3 years in and its finally becoming a home to us. We have done a fair amount of work decoration wise and I feel like I am a dab hand now at decorating I thought I would share some great tips on how to prep walls. Our walls were pretty shabby and although we did have them all plastered we still had to prepare them before we painted. Its so tempting to get painting as soon as possible when you want to decorate a room but it’s worth taking the time to make sure your room and surfaces are best prepared before you begin. Getting the preparation right is crucial to achieving the perfect finish.

You will need to thoroughly dust the ceiling, walls, coving, skirting boards, door and window frames, and all remaining fixtures in the room. A long-handled dusting wand can help to make light work of this task as you’ll be able to easily reach coving and corners. Lakeland have a variety of different styles to suit everyone.

Using a large sponge, apply a sugar soap mixture to the wall and work into the surface. Sugar soap can irritate the skin, so make sure that rubber gloves are worn at all times when working with it. Leave the solution to work for a few minutes. Once soaked in refill your bucket with clean water and wipe the surfaces clean using a sponge or cloth.

Sanding creates a smooth, even foundation that greatly enhances the final finish of paintwork. It gives a slight roughness to the surface, this helps the paint to stick.

If your room needs sanding down then take a fresh piece of sandpaper and wrap it around a sanding block. Methodically work your way around the room gently sanding the surfaces. Try to cover all areas. Run your hand over the surface of the wall as you work to get a feel for how rough or smooth the plaster is. If you find any stubborn lumps and bumps you may want to tackle these more closely. Once finished  dust and vacuum clean all surfaces in the room from ceiling to floor.

With your surfaces prepared, it’s now time to take the final steps needed to make sure that your room is ready for painting. Lay dust sheets across as much of the floor as possible. You don’t want any drips of paint on any carpet or wooden floors.

Ideally you should cover any switches and sockets with painters masking tape to protect them from paint splatters. Engelbert-Strauss have a wide range of different sizes to choose from that will help. If you’re not painting woodwork such as skirting boards and door trims, mask off all these areas to protect them. Even though the initial preparation work seems tough you will be thankful for using the tape once its all painted otherwise you will be scraping paint of for weeks!

Rather than painting round the trim for the ceiling lights, loosen the canopy without exposing the wires beneath. You can paint under the fitting rather than around it. If necessary, wrap the fixture carefully with a plastic bag to protect it from paint.

 If walls have been freshly plastered apply a sealer or basecoat first. This extra step will help the paint to adhere to the surface and will minimise the total number of coats required.
With all the preparations done, you are now ready to give your walls a new lease of life with a fresh coat of paint. Ideally “cutting in” is essential. Painful work but helps in the long run. You should use an angled thin brush to fill in all the edges around the room and ceiling. Engelbert Strauss have a wide range of brushes that will help you achieve the look. You can use a roller with or without a roller pole to paint walls – whichever you find most comfortable. Each time the roller is dipped in the paint, move it to an unpainted area. Its easier to work your way back to the painted area to blend in the wet edges.
Once the first coat of paint has been applied, leave to dry following the instructions on the paint tin. If further coats are required, repeat as necessary until you reach your desired finish.
Hopefully these tips will help you create a lovely fresh newly painted room. I swear by them. Its a fool proof way on wall preparation and gets you well on the way to a finished room. It may sound a lot, but taking care of your walls will save you lots of time in the future.


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